Alex Lifeson Shuts Down The Possibility Of Rush Reunion
During an episode of Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, guitarist Alex Lifeson talked about his relationship with Geddy Lee and revealed that there is no way the band Rush will ever exist again.
The rock band Rush was formed in 1968 in Toronto and consisted of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart. After a successful musical career, they had disbanded after the Rush R40 tour which celebrated the fortieth anniversary of Peart’s membership in the band. Following that, Neil Peart passed away in January 2020 at the age of 67, after losing his battle with brain cancer. The band announced his death after three days, deeply saddening the fans and the musicians.
Speaking to Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, Alex Lifeson talked about the possibility of playing with Geddy Lee again revealing that it might be possible although there is not a pre-planned event or any urgency to do so. It is known that the pair haven’t performed together on stage since Rush’s final R40 tour. He said that if any opportunity comes up in the future for them to work together on something, they will decide what they will do over a cup of coffee.
Lifeson said in the interview on this matter that:
“If there’s something that comes up in the future – an opportunity for us to do something – we’ll decide over a cup of coffee what that’ll be. But there’s no urgency or there’s no pre-planned thing now. He’s doing whatever he’s doing, I’m doing whatever I’m doing, and we keep each other informed and stuff like that, but, God, we had such a great history and did so much great stuff together, it’s not really a big deal if, for the rest of our lives, we’re just best friends.“
Lifeson then made it clear that any reunion for the band Rush will not happen any time in the future. He said that it is no possible for the band to exist again because Neil Peart is not here to be a part of it, stating the band ended back in 2015. Lifeson also said that this does not mean they can’t do other things for the benefit of their community as he has lots of plans that do not necessarily include Geddy Lee.
Lifeson said that:
“I know Rush fans are a unique bunch, and I love them. And certainly, everything that we’ve done, we’ve always done to satisfy ourselves before anybody else, and I think Rush fans understood that and were always very supportive – very critical at times too, but always supportive. And that was the nature of our relationship with our fans – it was a really good two-way relationship. But I think, really, Rush ended in 2015.
There’s no way Rush will ever exist again because Neil’s not here to be a part of it. And that’s not to say that we can’t do other things and we can’t do things that benefit our communities and all of that. I have lots of plans for that sort of thing that don’t necessarily include Geddy. I get asked this all the time – are we gonna do this, or are we gonna do that? Who knows? All I know is we still love each other and we’re still very, very good friends, and we always will be.“
It is known that in June 2021, Lifeson released two instrumental tracks titled ‘Kabul Blues’ and ‘Spy House’ to promote his collaboration with the guitar brand Epiphone. He is also known to be working on a new ten-track album which will be released later this year.